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areas just to our north are seeing the moon get low. as we take a look at the temperatures, they changed from yesterday. only near 20 in washington and nearby suburbs. teens around the blue ridge and shenandoah valley. these are the wind chills. winds gusting 20 to 25 miles per hour. feels like single digits. southern shenandoah valley and very charlottesville to richmond at this hour. that's the zone by the way under a winter storm warnings into the carolinas they can get heavy amounts of snow open we're on the northern ends of this storm here in the washington area. doesn't look like we'll get much. we'll have a blustery cold day today, partly cloudy with highs only near freezing and that snow moving in tomorrow and we'll have some accumulating snow with highs in the 20s. sun returns on sunday and monday. i expect for us starting about 6:00 tomorrow morning ending by 6:00 p.m. about two to four inches around
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the d.c. metro area. that band in the middle to the north, just a dusting. but south of fredericksburg to near charlottesville and into central virginia four to six inches. southwestern virginia they can get over 10 inches of snow from this storm. now jerry, how is the traffic >> doing pretty well so far this morning. little volume. 95 northbound and southbound between newington and occoquan. back to you. you're going to need to have more cash on you soon if you take metro to work. the transit agency is implementing a temporary fare hike on all rail and bus lines.
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we have more now with megan mcgrath. >> reporter: metro was looking at a $40 million budget short fall and they had to close that gap and they had a couple of different options including cuts to service and fare increases. after listening to a lot of input from ride terrifies metro board yesterday decided to increase fares by ten cents rather than make cuts to service. this is a 10 cent surcharge on all trips. it's going to take effect in march and remain in effect through june 30th. now the $40 million budget short fall was as a result of a drop in ridership. they say this is just a temporary fix. in the next budget they are looking at a greater budget short fall. they will have to close that gap. they will have to take other measures. they are talking about finding additional sources of revenue.
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they need it's needed. they have to look at fare increases again to close that budget short fall next year. so a ten cent in rides on metro rail and bus and metro access is going to kick in in about a month but, again, this is just a short term fix. we'll have a lot more coming up in the next half hour. eun, back to you. megan mcgrath in falls church this morning. thank you. metro is making changes to keeps its workers safe in the wake of this week's accident that killed two workers in rockville. the agency's acting chief safety officer said several new policies are in the works, especially the new section of the employee handbook. they are looking at proposals for technology that would ale operators when workers are present. new today a pot macfamily is homeless after a fire tore through their house. the two alarm fire broke out last night. it took more than five dozen
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firefighters about 45 minutes to put out the flames. they believe it started in the garage and spread to the rest of the house. no one was injured. investigators are not sure what caused it. president obama plans to unveil a $33 billion package of tax breaks for small businesses in maryland today. the president will announce the massive tax cut of a small business in baltimore. he hopes this effort will encourage businesses to hire workers and give their employees raises. afterwards he'll head to the house gop annual conference. today president obama is also reaching out to republicans. he's doing it on their tufr at an annual gop revet in baltimore. he wants republicans to get off the sidelines. republicans complained they have been shut out of the game. brian mooar has more now from capitol hill. >> this week i'll be addressing a meeting of the house
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republicans. >> reporter: today president obama follows through on his state of the union promise. >> i know you can't wait. >> reporter: he's reaching out to congressional republicans at their annual retreat in baltimore. the first in what he hopes will be regular meetings with the gop. >> i don't want gridlock on issue after issue after issue, when so many urgent problems to solve. >> reporter: democrats lost their 60 supermajority vote and with it the chance of passing health care reform. but the president is hoping to find areas of compromise. republicans remain skeptical. >> we'll look for common ground but we won't roll over on our principles. >> reporter: with that in mind the president has made creating jobs job one. he's rolling out a new plan to give employers $5,000 tax credits for each new worker they hire this year and social security reimbursements for wage or hour increase for existing workers. the kind of offer he hopes
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republicans can't refuse. both parties agree that creating jobs should be a top priority but there are still huge differences over how to do it. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >> the defense department plans to announce a way forward on lifting the military's don't-ask, don't-tell policy. the defense secretary and joint chiefs of staff will testify next week about the specific steps the military will take before law is changed to reduce the impact on the military members who are busy fighting two wars. the plan will help determine how congress can write a new law. house speaker nancy pelosi and minority leader john boehner are demanding answers after the websites of two dozen members were hacked last night. the websites belonged to members of both parties. the hackers changed the web pages to a blank line screen with a single line of text with an anti-obama vulgarity. it was signed by a group called
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the red confide crew. accusations of cheating rocked one of the top high schools in rockville county. it involves computer hacking. a teacher discovered there were some attempts to turn ds into as and bs. as many as six students are being questioned about illegal access. the discovery comes as the school system gets ready to mail home paper copie of report cards for the grading period that ended earlier this month. the man behind an american classic has died. j.d. salinger penned the "catcher in the rye." it was one of the country's most sensored novels and one of the most successful. j.d. salinger was a reclues and died on wednesday. he was 91. 5:07 is the time. 22 degrees. a shocking shooting, a dog shot for parking. >> even more shocking, who police say pulled the trigger.
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new allegations from someone who knows john edwards well. what this former aide is now claiming. >> there's a state of emergency in virginia because of an approaching storm. what it means for our area next.
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♪ many thousand people ♪ living all here together ♪ ♪ on my island in the sand ♪ ♪ where the beaches are ♪ ♪ just as white as snow ♪ ♪ and the people live...♪ is every song in aruba about friendship and happiness ? what about themes like "broken hearts"
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"losing your house" and "growing old alone" ? ♪ ...peace and harmony ♪ ♪ sha la-la, la-la-la ♪ ♪ la-la-la ♪ sha la-la, la-la-la... ♪ good morning, time for weather and traffic on this friday morning. it is cold. temperatures only near 20 degrees now. just 21 degrees in washington. it is in the upper teens to near
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20 in montgomery, fairfax, arlington, prince george's counties. winds are gusting 20 to 25 miles per hour. a few clouds coming through. there's a few flurry activity in southwestern virginia. that zone, in the pink is understand a winter storm warning for a major snowstorm. we're on the north sifd it. breezy and cold day. highs near freezing. light snow around the metro area tomorrow and co. sun back sunday and monday. two to four inches around washington for tomorrow from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. less further to the north. more further to the south. how is the traffic? >> 95 northbound and southbound near 123 no early hangups. travel lanes are open. clear dry road surfaces this morning. had a bunch of overnight road work on the capital beltway in the overnight hours on the inner loop over at gallows road. authorities are wrapping that up. on 270 doing fine. north of town, parts of silver
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spring no early worries. lanes are open up there. back to you. there are more stunning allegations against former white house hopeful john edwards. his former aide claims a wealthy widow paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to help keep edwards mistress contend and quiet. it's accounted in a new book. he claims edwards later said he did not know about the cash payments even though the two of them had discussed the matter. 21 degrees. safety on the roads has been a big concern lately. do laws aimed at distracted driving make things safer? >> fittingly a hero's welcome. a fairfax county rescue team now back home. >> par time for tai. details on a sends off for
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. 5:14 is your time. taking a look at this morning's top stories. it will cost you more to ride metro. they are implementing a temporary 10 cent fare hike to help close it's $40 million budget gap. metro says riders prefer the hike to the alternative. the increase will take effect february 28th and unthrough july 1st.
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>> investigators are trying to figure out what caused this house fire in potomac, maryland. the family who lives there got out safely. accusations of a cheating at a montgomery high school. a teacher discovered there were attempts to turn ds io as and bs on the school's computer grading system. president obama heads to baltimore today to speak at the house republicans annual treat. afterwards he'll have a private question and answer session with republicans lawmakers. an 11-year-old boy is in custody in spotsylvania county charged with shooting his neighbor's dog. it happened on monday night in
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fredericksburg. a former prince george's county police officer won't have to pay damages after shooting two furniture delivery men at his home in accokeek. the victims' families filed a civil case against washington but according to a "the washington post" report a judge has thrown out the case saying there was not enough evidence. now to the latest in haiti. port-au-prince are filled with people desperate for food. take a look at this as workers tried to distribute aid. workers tried to handout food in an organized manner but a stampede broke out. the world food program said it delivered 3.6 million food tions but food remains scarce for many. the fairfax county search and rescue team is back home. they were deployed to haiti right after the quake hit.
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they made the very first rcue there. they arrived at dulles airport yesterday afternoon. family and friends williamed back to the team. they were deployed for 15 days. the reunions were just a bit bittersweet. >> we got someone to come back home. >> we learned a lot. saw some things. and glad to be home. >> counselors will be available for the team members. conditions there were worse than they could have ever imagined they said. >> consider this when you're on the road headed to work. a new study found laws banning at cell phone use or texting while driving isn't keeping drivers any safer.
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leanne gregg has more on what researchers found. >> reporter: the push i on to keep people away from their hand-held devices while driving. but a new study has some puzzling results. it found that laws banning their use while behind the wheel have not led to fewer crass. >> the laws by themselves will not have an impact. there's no magic bullets. >> reporter: 20 states have passed no texting laws or put restrictions on seven use while driving. starting this week big federal fines of a driver using a big bus or a truck texting behind the whl. >> we don't expect you to share the road responsibly with other drivers we'll require you to do so. >> reporter: insurance claims for crash damage in four jurisdictions before and after bans were enacted. data was collected in nearby areas without bans. >> we know the laws, at least the hand-held bans are working to reduce the number of people who are talking on their
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hand-held phones. but, we don't see a comparable reduction in crashes. >> reporter: distracted driving in general is a traffic safety issue that experts say must be addressed. a work in progress to help keep the roads safer. leanne gregg, nbc news. >> a d.c. institution is signing off today. donnie simpson spent the last 32 years on the air waves. this will be his last morning on the station. since his contract does not expire until march of next year but he's leaving because of ratings problems and disagreements with management. we'll be live in the studio with donnie as he says good-bye this morning. we're approaching tai shan's final says in washington. he'll be heading to china next thursday. people from across the country are flocking to the zoo for one final chance to see the little guy. not so little any more. tai shan was born at the national zoo nearly five years
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ago. he's been the biggest attraction ever since. >> he's cute. he's really just cute. >> been part of the zoo. so, it's kind of sad. >> tai shan will be going out in style. the national zoo is throwing a huge good-bye party for him tomorrow. >> wow. >> in the snow. >> he'll have fun anyway. >> absolutely. >> now just about 5:21. time for traffic and weather on the 1s. >> let's go to tom kierein. >> a dramac drop. we plummeted from the 50s yesterday down to teens this morning. near 20 degrees now in washington. the nearby suburbs. teens and rural areas in virginia, right near the bay near the mid-20s. look at the wind chills. winds gusting 20 to 25 miles per hour. wind chills in the single digits. few clouds coming in object securing nearly that full moon. full flurries now southern shenandoah valley to near
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richmond those are moving off to the east. that zone in pink is underand a winter storm warning for southern virginia and northern carolina. they can get six to ten inches of snow down there. for this friday partly cloudy, blustery and cold. highs only near the freezing mark this afternoon, winds will diminish by late afternoon. clouding up tonight and saturday snow likely. morning lows 20s. sun returns but still cold on sunday. milder on monday with highs near 40. these are the amounts i expect from this snowstorm on saturday. 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. a dusting to an inch northern suburbs. across northern virginia through central maryland two to four inches including the district of columbia, four to six inches. now the traffic. how is it looking? >> we're doing very, very nicely out there so far this morning. friday morning gets underway light volume of traffic along 395 leaving the beltway, shirlington to and across the 14th brij.
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southbound traffic also looks fine. the drive if you're head through the newington interchange along 95 no worries. just a little bit of early morning, friday morning volume. elsewhere, starting off in great shape this morning, marc rail, vre and metro all reporting no early delays. back to you. 5:22 is your time. 21 degrees. congress taking on toyota. >> what lawmakers are planning to do about that company's reoccurring gas pedal problems. terror trials turned away. new reports that the white house is considering alternative plans to try some famous criminals. >> looked like someone moved their living room outside. police say all this stuff is stolen. who they say took it n
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. a missouri woman is charged with stealing more than $100,000 worth of merchandise from target. looks like a lawn sale. federal and seat investigators say the woman was a target employee. police believe the merchandise was actually loaded on to a truck and taken to this farm in return henry county, missouri. the merchandise which include lamps and chairs was set up like a lawn sale. investigators arrested the woman along with two other people including the farm's owner. that would be tough to explain. no sex, no problem getting a divorce. that's the proposal one maryland lawmaker is introducing to help couples who want to ends their
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marriage without having to live apart for a year. the legislation would allow courts to grant divorces to people who don't have sex for a year even if they are still living together. maryland law requires couples to live separately for a year before they can get a divorce. simmons says his bill can help couples who can't afford to live apart. >> it goes beyond copying answers. >> what some local answers are accused of hi-tech cheating. toyota troubles got the attention of congress. metro makes a decision how much more riders are going have to pay. >> big changes you may beorced to go out in the bitter cold this weekend to do some shoveling. the forecast is up next.
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. unfair. metro riders will be shelling out more to get where they are going. a high school hackers. local students are understand investigation for hi-tech cheating. winter storm is coming. brace for bitter col and break out the shovel perhaps. good morning, everyone. welcome to "news4 today." i'm eun yang. i'm joe krebs. it is friday, january 29, 2010. et cetera take a live look outside. clouds are starting to move in around the region. 21 degrees, very cold out there. >> it felt different with the wind blowing. >> about a 30 degree drop from
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yesterday afternoon. that wind, cutting wind and wind chills are in the single digits. temperatures near 20 now around the metro area. teens in the rural areas. right near the bay a bit milder low to mid-20s. look at the wind chill. now it feels like eight degrees in washington, single degree wind chills, single digits all around the region this morning with that wind gusting 20 to 25 miles per hour. a few clouds coming through. there are a few flurries, southern shenandoah valley to near richmond that's passing south of us. this zone in pink including southern virginia, northern north carolina a major storm. for us we're on the north side of that storm b not that much snow. highs near freezing and colder tomorrow, snow likely. highs reaching the mid-20s. sun returns sunday and monday and still cold. a dusting to an inch for our northern suburbs for the panhandle of west virginia, northern shenandoah valley and most of north central maryland. for washington and nearby
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suburbs, much of the shenandoah valley and eastern shore two to four inches and then further to the south even more, up to ten inch amounts in southwestern virginia. this will all end tomorrow evening. now jerry, how is the traffic >> let's take a live look and see if you're planning to head for downtown. no worries. we're moving along nicely. extremely light volume of traffic. non-existent traffic. there's a couple of cars. let's see if the trip to the wilson bridge, picking up volume there. both direction as little bit. no worries. speaking of no worries not to worry if you're headed out on the rails this morning. metro rail, vre and marc says everything is a-okay so far. back to you. your commute will start costing you more next month if you take metro to work or school. metro is raising fares ten cents on all rail and bus rides. megan mcgrath is live right now outside the west falls church
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metro station to break down what this all means. good morning, megan. >> reporter: good morning. a drop in ridership caused a $40 million budget short fall for metro and they had to close that. they held some public hearings and riders made it very clear that they didn't want this gap closed by cuts, through cuts in service. now the board has listened. they spared svice but that ride will cost you about a dime more. metro service will not be cut. but that ticket to ride will cost ten cents more binin about month's time. >> service will remain as it has been. >> we don't want to cut service. we want everybody to get to where they need to go, particularly to work. >> reporter: the ten cent surcharge is temporary. it will close a $40 million budget deficit caused by a drop in ridership.
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but as metro's general manager points out the surcharge is just a short term fix. next year's deficit is much larger. and more will have to be done to close the gap. >> you can do the math yourself. if you have $170 million, $190 million budget gap a ten cent fare increase won't close that. next year's will be much bigger. there's a bigger problem we have to fill gap over next ten years. >> reporter: so some more tough decisions ahead for metro's board as they try to close an even larger budget short fall, anywhere from 170 to 190 million dollars next year. what does that mean? they have options. they have to look at a variety of things taking money from the capital budget but could mean most ponying important projects. additional revenue sources.
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that's another option for them, whether it comes from local government or federal government. that's something that they will be looking at. fares, they have to take a look at that as well. for now what they have done is spared service and jakd up the fares by ten cents. it's a temporary increase. >> megan mcgrath, thank you. >> fares aren't the only things on the rise at metro, so is crime. metro transit police said more than 1700 major crimes were reported between last january and november, 200 more in the same period one year earlier. there were 805 roibs, one homicide and one rape on the system last year. no homicides or rapes the previous year. toyota has suspended sales and now they have to deal with congress. house lawmakers have scheduled a february hearing to review
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toyota's gas pedal problems. congress wants answers about the recall of millions ever toyota vehicles. even models manufactured in europe are now include in that recall. the cost of the recall is likely to total about $900 million and loss sales are costing toyota about $155 million a week. in the mean time toyota dealers across the country are the ones answering questions from frustrated customers while they try to manage the recalls. >> i was wondering about all these recalls for toyota. >> once we were notified anything that we were going to deliver last night we did not. >> other lawmakers or other automakers are trying to take advantage of toyota's troubles. gm is offering incentives for toyota customers who want to trade in their cars. allegations of hi-tech hacking at a highly regarded high school in montgomery county. the discovery of this attempt to change some grades comes as the school system prepares to mail home paper copies of report cards. derrick ward has more. >> reporter: we've all been
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taught that the way to academic success is to buckle down, crack the books and stew did you without several students at winston churchill high school is being accused of taking a shortcut. computer hacking is alleged to have made some students look better on paper than was warranted by their class work. someone accessed the school's computer grading system and evening changed some grades. montgomery school officials say that they are taking the allegations very seriously after it came to the attention of a churchill teacher. interestingly enough parents say it's as much a commentary on the prushs to succeed as it is on ethics. >> i don't know exactly where it's coming from. we're hearing the numbers. worrying about colleges. but i can't think of any parent or any educator and i'm an educator myself who would put
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that kind of pressure on a kid. >> there's a lot of pressure, especially at a school like this where there's very smart kids all of whom want to do well and want to make their parents happy. i don't know if the parents are putting the pressure on the kids. it's a high pressure environment. life is tougher on kids now. >> reporter: the alleged grade changes came as the grades were about to go out for the semester that just ended. if the allegations are true the consequences could be very serious for those involved. back to you. thanks very much. president obama is headed to baltimore today toeach out to republicans. the president is speaking at the gop's annual retreat. he's following through on a state of the union promise. president obama says this is the first of regular meetings with republicans and he hopes to find areas of compromise today. >> i don't want gridlock on issue after issue after issue when there are so many urgent problems to solve.
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>> we'll look for common ground but we're not going to roll over on our principles. >> both parties agree that creang jobs should be the top priority but there are still huge differences over how to do it. justice department officials are denying a "new york daily news" report about the white house ordering the department to consider other places than new york to try 9/11 detainees pap senior justice official says that department officials have told the white house they would look at other possibilities. another official said mayor michael bloomberg asked attorney general erik holder over the phone to consider other locations as well. 5:38 is your time. 21 degrees. a major flight disruption happening today. >> a popular airline is warning passengers to have some patience. that's coming up. >> a familiar voice signing off this morning. hear from donnie simpson about his plans after the air waves. >> a winter storm coming this way. virginia is already under a state of emergency. will that storm pack a punch here in the district?
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good morning. time for weather and traffic on the 1s. a frigid friday mornin only near 20 degrees in washington and the nearby suburbs system rural areas down tynes. from adams morgan to oxon hill, reon and rockville, wind chills in the single digits. blustery morning. partly cloudy highs near freezing. snow likely tomorrow and cold with highs in the mid-20s. sun back sunday and monday but still cold. two to four inches around
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washington. now jerry how is the traffic. >> take a live look along the 95 corridor. northbound traffic left side of your screen but we're watching southbound 95 near lorton for reports of an accident involving a truck with a couple of lanes closed. we'll keep a watch out for that. prince george's county on the beltway, inner loop just south of this camera at 214 central avenue the initial reports of a car fire and accident. fire and rescue crews are headed over there right now. back to you. thanks very much. 5:42 is your time. 21 degrees. his father worked tirelessly to clean up the streets. >> now his son is the latest victim of violence in d.c. the son of a well known activist gunned down. >> keeping an eye on some drivers who have figured out how to dodge a toll where roadside cameras could soon crop up. >> mornings won't be the same for a lot of folks. we're live in the studio as a
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radio icon gets ready to sign off
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5:45 is your time. chesapeake baying our top story this morning prepare to pay more to ride metro. they areaising fares ten cents starting lateext month. it will help close a $40 million budget gap. riders prefer the hike over the alternative which is service cuts. president obama heads to baltimore to speak at the house republicans annual treat. afterwards a private q and a session with relawmaker lawmakers. a churchill high school a teacher discovered attempts to turn ds into as and bs. six students are being questioned. 11-year-old boy has been charged with shooting his
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neighbor's dog because it was barking too much. this happened monday night in fredericksburg. the dog did survive the shooting, the boy is now at a juvenile detention facility. montgomery college is conducting a review of security procedures at the takoma park cam bus after the sexual assault in the bathroom on tuesday. they are locking doors on the georgia side complex. nathaniel hart is behind bars after the assault. police in the district are looking for the person who shot and killed the teenage son of a legendary community activist. 18-year-old calvin woodland was shot and killed wednesday night in front of his home in the gregory apartments on barnaby street in southeast washington. woodland was the son of the late calvin woodland sr. a pro boxer
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and community activist who worked for 30 years to help children stay out of trouble. >> going to miss him. >> absolutely. i miss him already. stayed up all night. >> reporter: what would your father say today? >> if he wasn't dead this would have killed him. >> woodland was supposed to start a new job at a city recreation center yesterday. he's accused of trying to bomb an airliner on christmas day but could a plea deal be in the works. lawyers for umar farouk abdulmutallab are negotiating with the justice department. that's the word from "the washington post". negotiations could end in an agreement to share information and eventually a plea deal. he could face a life sentence if convicted in the case. today jet blue customers could be luck in for some big headaches. the airline said it's taking down its booking system at noon.
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this will affect the website and customer service fond line. part of the old system will work at the airport so customers can check in and board there but should be prepared for long lines and hold times. the new system should be up sometime between 8:00 a.m. and noon tomorrow. he spend more than 30 years on d.c. air waves and today he's signing off. >> radio personality donnie simpson is parting ways with wpgc radio today. tracee wilkins joins us live from the station's studios with more on his good-bye. good morning. big day. >> reporter: good morning. it's a sad day for washingtonians. donnie simpson has been on the air basically as long as i've been alive. i've woken up to many mornings listen toing donnie. we're talking 16 years at wtbg, 15 years on "video soul" 32 years on washington radio.
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across the country people loved this man. donnie simpson loves music and people. when he talks you feel that. you get that. i said before, joe, you heard me talk about how donnie simpson was so influential in any decision to go into communication. this man is the best of the best. today he's signing off. we'll be here hanging out with him and hear what he's going to say and hopefully get some information on his plans and of course we'll hear from all the stars today. we're expect being mary j.blije to call in. chuck brown will be in the studio. an amazing morning. i'm hoping that donnie is going to play some of donnie's music because we have the same taste in music. it's going to be an exciting morning but also a sad one to say good-bye to this legends in radio. >> yes, indeed.
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what a great tradition. what a great fixture he's been in this city. i hope we find him somewhere else on the air in washington because it would be impossible to think of washington without him on the air. we'll be back with you a little bit later. >> reporter: okay. tomrow is your chance to say good-bye to washington's favorite panda tai shan. the national zoo is holding a party from 11:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. tai shan will move to china next week to be part of the breeding program to help grow the population. there will be a special cake and kids can make cards for him. zoo keepers will be on hand to help answer your questions about the panna. do you remember tai shan's birthday cake when he turned one? huge birthday cake. how do you top that? >> we got icing going on this morning. what a change from yesterday. we were in the low 50s yesterday
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and then it plummeted down to the teens this morning. huge change blew in on gusty winds. at this hour we had that moon obscured by clouds. that's what it looked like last evening almost a full moon. full tonight. right now just near 20 in washington. in prince george's county. montgomery, arlington and fairfax counties too right near 20 degrees. teens in the rural areas near the bay in the mid-20s. wind chills, they are just in the single digits right now, feels like eight degrees in washington. wind gusting 20 to 25 miles per hour coming out of the northwest. few flurries in southern shenandoah valley near richmond where we have clouds passing over us. all these counties in pink understand a winter storm warning, including northern north carolina, southern virginia could get up to ten inches of snow there but we're on the northern side of that storm. we won't have as much. leading edge of this precipitation pushing in to the tennessee valley. snow to the north and rain to the south. in between the rain and snow we
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have a band of icing moving out of arkansas. snow will head off to the east passing to our south. further to the south of that will be ice and rain. for us today partly cloudy, breezy and cold with highs marry the freezing mark and clouding up tonight. snow likely tomorrow, lows in the 20s. sun returns sunday and monday but still cold. two to four inch amounts i'm expecting a band across the district. more further south. not as much further north. how is the traffic, jerry >> we looked very carefully and found the accident 95 southbound as you head on down past 123 woodbridge. the camera focus is off. left side of the roadway southbound is blocked. this is the admonish flow at the hov lanes, regular lanes. northbound lanes are open. southbound, stacking up very, very quickly. elsewhere we head over to prince george's county, suitland car fire at central avenue. no evidence of it yet but we'll
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keep you updated. marc rail, penn 509 that train has been cancelled because of mechanical problems. the next train is 513 which leaves perriville at 6:30. vre and metro looking good. eun? >> avoiding a toll could end up costing some sneaky drivers to travel the dulles toll road. the washington metropolitan transit authority want to install cameras. some bypass the toll by using a gas station or going to dulles airport and then coming back. the airports authority is asking virginia lawmakers to allow the installation of cameras and vehicle scanners to catch those who are avoiding payment. last year police patrolling the road handed out nearly 1,200 tickets for so-called back tracking. a new study will be presented here today in washington about several laws that ban cell phone use and texting while driving.
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that study says those laws are not working. the institute of highway loss data conducted the study. laws banning drivers from using their cell phones have not led to fewer crashes they found. laws like that are on the books in close to 20 states. researchers compared accident statistics in those jurisdictions to areas where stone bans are not in effect. >> we do know the laws the hand leld bans are reducing the number of people talking on their hand-held phones. we don't see a comparable reduction in crashes. >> the release this was study comes on the same week drivers of large destruction or buses begin to face big federal fines for texting behind the wheel. fairfax urban search and rescue team is back home. family and friends greeted the team with a hero's welcome. elaine reyes has more. >> reporter: these are the children of the fairfax county urban search and rescue team. >> i like knowing that my dad
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can help people like that. i don't think i could ever do something as great as he did. >> reporter: they witnessed how difficult their parents' jobs are. waiting for their safe return should be easy. >> excited. >> feel proud. >> reporter: try explaining patience to this 3-year-old. it was the fairfax team who made the very first rescue in haiti after the earthquake all caught on tape. becky gray was able to see and hear her husband sam. >> we're going to try to save one person at a time. >> reporter: and tragic images around him. >> when the after shocks started i was oh, my god. >> reporter: soon things turned into a celebration. >> clap for daddy, babe.
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>> reporter: reunions are a tad bittersweet. >> sad knowing we got somebody to come home to. a lot of people don't. >> we learned a lot. saw some things. and just glad to be home. >> our family is back together. >> that was elaine reyes reporting. counselors will be available for team members. they say conditions were worse as they could imagine.
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>> basic energy is needed in haiti. sidwell friends is helping with an effort to get solar lamps for the haitian people. an entrepreneur said the portable lamps are important because they can provide light and power and improve the safety the intent camps that are springing up there. haiti's ambassador to washington was there for a fundraiser and held a panel discussion about the country's rebuilding needs. >> out of this world trouble for a local doctor's office. the fight over a meteorite. >> tom is back after this. stay with .
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. winter wonderland in washington this weekend. first comes the cold then the snow. you do not want to miss tom kierein's forecast just seconds away. raising fares. it will cost you more to ride metro. and good morning, thanks for joining us for "news4 today" today at 6:00 a.m. i'm eun yang. i'm joe krebs on this friday, january 29, 2010. cloudy skies around here. 21 very cold degrees. >> the wind too. >> that and it feels like single digits this morning. an enormous change from yesterday when we had it in the low 50s for a brief time. now only in the teens to near 20 degrees. 21 in washington. that wind coming in out of the northwest gusting 20 to 25 miles
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per hour. wind chill in washington just seven degrees. wind chill prince george's county five degrees single digits in prince william, fix, arlington and montgomery counties. a few flurries in the shenandoah valley and central virginia. that's not part of that big storms. a winter storm warning out for southern virginia, northern north carolina. all those counties in pink. they could get up to ten inches of snow from this system. we're on the northern side of it. thankfully doesn't look like we'll have as much. partly cloudy, breezy and cold today with highs only near freezing and then the snow likely here tomorrow with highs mid-20s. sun returns sunday and monday. a dusting to an inch for the far northern suburbs. two to four inches in northern virginia and near the district. how is the traffic? >> we'll head on up. chopper 4 is checking things out for us.
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so far inner loop anduter loop between i-95 and 355 moving along nicely. very close to georgia avenue. travel lanes open. nothing out of the ordinary to report either way so far. let's head on over where work continues on the accident southbound i-95 as you head on down towards 123 woodbridge, left lane is still closed. northbound, however, your travel lanes are open. in maryland authorities still checking for the car fire. i don't have a lot of confidence in this report. traffic is moving well. the report of the car fire was the beltway at central avenue. this is just above that at 202. out on the rails continuing issue this morning. penn line train 509 has been cancelled. vre and metro reporting no delays at this point. eun? >> fare hikes in works for metro riders. metro is raising fares on all rail and bus rides. megan mcgrath is live outside the west falls church metro
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station with more on what you can expect to pay. >> reporter: good morning, eun. metro says not as many people are taking the rails and the buses these days because of the economy. they have to close a $40 million budget short fall. they looked at a number of dimp things they can do. what they heard from riders is they did not want to see any cuts in service. the board has listened to the riders, they are going to leave service at the same level where it stands now. however that trip is going to cost you about a dime more. metro service will not be cut. but that ticket to ride will cost ten cents more in about a month's time. >> service wl remain as it has been. >> we don't want to cut service. we want everybody to get to where they need to go, particularly to work. >> reporter: the ten cent surcharge is temporary. it will be in effect from march
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to the end of june. it will close a $40 million budget deficit caused by a drop in ridership. but as metro's general manager points out the surcharge is st a short term fix. next year's deficit is much larger. and more will have to be done to close the gap. >> you can do the math yourself. if you have $170 million, $190 million budget gap a ten cent fare increase won't close that. next year's will be much bigger. there's a third problem because we have to fill the gap with capital funding over the next ten years. >> reporter: so what do riders think about the fare increase? >> i'm not too crazy about it. we can't do anything. so just have to go along with it. >> reporter: keep riding? >> absolutely. i have no choice. i have to ride. >> if it's just a dime but i doubt it will just be a dime.
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>> reporter: fear next year another rate? >> we'll have to see, won we. >> reporter: and this ten cent increase will expire june 30th. they have to look at other options to close this much larger gap in the next fiscal year. not a great looking horizon there for metro. back to you. megan mcgrath in falls church this morning. thank yo fares aren't the only things on the rise at metro. so is crime. metro transit police say more than 1700 major crimes are reported between last january and november. 200 more than in the same period a year late elater. 805 robberies, one rape and one homicide. no homicides or rapes in the previous year. new today a potomac family is homeless this morning after a fire tore through their home. it broke out late last night.
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it took about 70 firefighters about 45 minutes to put out the flames. they believe the fire began in the garage and then spread to the rest of the house. no one was injured. investigators are not sure of the cause. accusations of cheating have rocked a high school in montgomery county at the winston churchill high school in potomac and involves computer hacking. a teacher discovered that there were some attempts to turn ds into as and bs. as many as six students are being questioned about illegal access in the montgomery county's grading system. the discovery comes as the school system prepares to mail home paper copies of report cards. the search continues this morning for the person who killed a teen in front his own southeast washington home. 18-year-old calvin woodland was gunned down wednesday night outside of the gregory apartments in the 800 block of barnaby street in southeast. a masked man approached woodland
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and shot him several times. the victim's brother is the chief of staff of ward 1 council member jim graham. >> reporter: going to miss him? >> absolutely. i miss him already. stayed up all night. >> reporter: what would your father say today? >> if he wasn't dead this would have killed him. >> woodland was supposed to start a new job at a city rec center yesterday. president obama plans to unveil a $33 billion package of tax breaks for small businesses in maryland today. the president will announce the massive tax cut at a small business in baltimore. he hopes this effort will encourage businesses to hire workers and give their employees some raises. afterwards president obama heads to the house gop's annual conference. the president will speak and hold a private q and a session
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with the republican lawmakers. right now a radio legends is waking up with us for the last time. this is a live look at wpgc studios where donnie simpson is beginning his final broadcast with the station. he's been there since 1993. they are parting ways because of ratings and disagreement with management. we're live with donnie on his last day and check in with him at 6:45. coming up, just when u think things can't get worse for john edwards it does. toyota plans to send out parts to fix those dangerous gas pedals. when might your car get fixed? >> it's painfullyold outside. tom kierein says we'll see snow tomorrow. your weather and traffic together on the 1s next at 6:11.
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good morning. time for weather and traffic on the 1s. at 6:11 a frigid friday morning. commuters are dressed accordiny. do you need to layer up on this friday morning. it's only near 20 degrees now in washington. the teens in the suburbs and rural areas. wind chills are in the single digits with the winds gusting 20 to 25 miles per hour. the winds will diminish this afternoon. partly cloudy with highs only near freezing and then snow likely tomorrow and cold with highs just in the mid-20s. sun back on sunday and monday. bit milder on monday. two to four inches around washington, northern virginia
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through central maryland and eastern shore. more further south and much less further north. jerry, how is the traffic? >> tom, take a live look. chopper 4 on the job. here's the i-270 spur. headed towards old georgetown road. little bit of volume. now police are checking 270 southbound near route 28. the initial reports of an accident and the report is a car into the jersey wall. we'll have chopper 4 head on out and check on that. 95 southbound still dealing with the remnants of an accident. woodbridge left lane is blocked stay to the far right to get by. northbound travel lanes appear to be getting by. elsewhere so far so good on vre and metro rail. marc penn line 509 cancelled. a new study out today looks at whether laws that ban cell phones while driving make the
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road safer. >> one lawmaker in maryland wants to make it easier for married couples to get a divorce. >> a plan to reach out çóçóçóçñçñçó
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overseas. al jazeera has aired a new message purportedly from osama bin laden. authorities have not confirmed that the audiotape is authentic. the messages blames the u.s. and other industrialized countries for climate change and the economy. the voice says speaking about climate change it's actual fact. president obama plans to unveil a $33 billion package of tax breaks for small businesses in maryland. president obama will reach out to republicans. moore is live on capitol hill with more on the president's plans. good morning. >> reporter: symbolic today. the president wants to get republicans off the sidelines but republicans complained they haven't been allowed to play in the game. >> this week i'll be addressing a meeting of the house republicans. >>eporter: today president obama follows through on his state of the union promise. >> i know you can't wait.
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[ laughter ] >> reporter: he's reaching out to congressional republicans at their annual retreat in baltimore. the first in what he hopes will be regular meetings with the gop. >> i don't want gridlock on issue after issue after issue, with so many urgent problems to solve. >> reporter: democrats lost their 60 supermajority vote and with it the chance of passing health care reform. but the president hasn't given up. but the president is hoping to find areas of compromise. republicans remain skeptical. >> we'll look for common ground but we won't roll over on our principles. >> reporter: with that in mind the president has made creating jobs job one. he's rolling out a new plan to give employers a $5,000 tax credits for each new worker they hire this year and social security reimbursements for wage or houincreases r existing workers. the kind of offer he hopes republicans can't refuse. both parties agree that creating jobs should be a top priority
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but they are miles apart on how to do it. live on capitol hill, i'm brian mooar, news 4. >> thanks very much. the defense department plans to announce a way forward on lifting the military's don't-ask, don't-tell policy. the defense secretary and the joint chiefs of staff will testify next week about the specific steps the military will take before the law is changed to reduce the impact on the military members who are busy fighting two wars. the plan will also help determine how congress can write a new law. a tell all book about former presidential hopeful john edwards by his former aide comes out tomorrow but some of the details from that book are already coming out. andrew young claims a wealthy widow paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep edwards mistress contend and quiet. the book is called "the polician." toyota is now shipping parts
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to fix the faulty gas pedals but the company is still having to deal with congress. there's a february hearing to review toyota's gas pedal problems. congress wants answers to questions about the recall of millions of toyota vehicles. even models manufactured in europe are now being recalled. the cost of the recall is likely to total about $900 million, and lost sales are costing toyota about $155 million per week. in the mean time toyota dealers across the country are answering questions from frustrated customers while they try to manning in these recalls. >> i was wondering about all these recalls for toyota. >> once we were notified, anything that we were to deliver last night we did not. >> other automakers are trying to take advantage ever toyota's troubles. gm is offering incentives for toyota customers who want to trade in their ca. a new study offers alarming
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statistics about laws banning cell phone use and texting behind the wheel. i want claims those laws aren't keeping drivers any safer. leanne gregg has more on what researchers have found. >> reporter: the push is on to keep people away from their hand-held devices while driving. but a new study has some puzzling results. it found that laws banning their use while behind the wheel have not led to fewer crashes. >> the laws by themselves will not have an impact. there's no magic bullets. >> reporter: 20 states have passed no texting laws or put restrictions on cell phone use while driving. starting this week big federal fines of a driver using a big bus or a truck texting behind the wheel. >> we don't expect you to share the road responsibly with other drivers we'll require you to do so. >> reporter: insurance claims for crash damage in four jurisdictions before and after bans were enacted.
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data was collected in nearby areas without bans. >> we know the laws, at least the hand-held bans are working to reduce the number of people who are talking on their hand-held phones. but, we don't see a comparable reduction in crashes. in fact, we see no effect. >> reporter: distracted driving in general is a traffic safety issue that experts say must be addressed. a work in progress to help keep the roads safer. leanne gregg, nbc news. just about 6:21. time again for traffic and weather on the 1s. >> let's check in with meteorologist tom kierein. he's in the storm center tracking a storm. >> good morning. well the temperatures have plummeted since yesterday afternoon we were in the low 50s now down to the teens to near 20 degrees now. 20 degrees in washington. upper teens in prince george's county. montgomery, arlington and fairfax counties in the mid-to-upper teens. from adams morgan to oxon hill, reston and rockville,
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considerable cloudiness and temperatures climbing today just into the low 30s. then a likely snowstorm coming in tomorrow, we could get two to four inches right around washington and across northern washington. more further south four to six inch amounts will be common from fredericksburg to charlottesville, southern maryland st. mary's county southern parts of the eastern shore and northern neck pap dusting to an inch does appear for northern suburbs of washinon, including montgomery county and up into northern loudoun county. ten inches of snow by the time it winds down tomorrow evening in southern virginia. >> accident clean up continues in the southbound lanes of i-95 near the 123 woodbridge. southbound. left side of the roadway is
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blocked. not too much of a rubber necking northbound delay. traffic appears at this point anyway to be a little lighter than normal on this friday morning northbound. southbound is very much clogged up. let's head on over and see how we're doing, wilson bridge no concerns. northeast corridor very quiet so far as it is through southeast. 66 inbound headed for the capital beltway travel lanes are open. out on the rails, metro rail, vre and marc reporting no significant delays. eun? >> get ready for some travel troubles this weekend. no matter whether you drive or take metro. the controversial crackdown in virginia to catch toll cheaters. unusual bill introduced in maryland could make it easier fo
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welcome back. listen up. this won't be easy. drivers will take a detour along the beltway in tysons concern. the exit ramp from outer loop to chain bridge road closes until 5:00 a.m. tomorrow. crews will be doing construction work on the dulles metro rail project. if you want to reach the southbound chain bridge road, loop around. stay on the exit ramp and use the on-ramp to northbound 495, the beltway. from there take the exit to southbound chain bridge road. got all that? also supposed to be some work on the chain bridge itself this weekend but vdot postponed that
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because of the winter weather on it's way. metro is doing track maintenance. add about 20 minutes to your trip if you're traveling between medical center and grosvenor. every other red line train traveling towards shady grove will end at friendship heights. >> no sex, no problem getting a divorce. that's a proposal one maryland lawmaker has introduced to help uples who want to end their marriage without having to live apart. a maryland delegate is introducing legislation that would allow courts to grant divorces to couples who don't have sex for more than a year even if they live together. this bill would help couples who cannot afford to live apart. >> the end of an era, a popular radio personality signs off today. we'll go there live.
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and a cheating scandal at one local high school. freezing outside. tom kierein says snow is on the way. find out how much you'll see and
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paying more for metro. the transit agency approves a fare hike. find out how much. more changes may soon be on the way. >> cheating scandal. a group of local high school students are accused of hacking into the school's computer system to change grades. welcome back. i'm joe krebs. i'm eun yang. it is friday, january 29, 2010. you're looking live at some photos out of tysons corner where people are bundled up. this is live right now and it is so cold out there, only 20
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degrees here in the washington area. you need more than that coat. where is his hat and scarf? >> his mother says where's your hat. >> you need to layer up, especially the children. need your mittens, hat and scarf. frigid temperatures this morning. we have a storm that's coming our way for tomorrow. already taking shape now in the form of ice and rain and snow through the southern plains and now into the midwest coming our way. right now just in the teens in prince george's county. montgomery, arlington and fairfax counties and teens throughout most of the region and the wind are gusting 20 to 25 miles per hour. wind chills in many locations are in the single digits. wind chill in washington now just 7 degrees. we're getting a little light snow southern parts of virginia at this hour. in southern virginia, north carolina they are understand a wier storm warning. that storm approaches us on saturday. they will be getting heavy snow but we're on the north side of
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that storm. partly cloudy today, breezy and cold highs near freezing. tomorrow highs in the mid-20s with snow likely sun back sunday and monday. i expect a ban of two to four inches across northern virginia through the district and into maryland. eastern shore as the storm starts tomorrow morning at 6:00 and ends at 6:00 p.m. less further north and more further south. jerry, how is the traffic? >> 395 northbound at the inbound 14th street bridge accident ties up the right side of the roadway. everybody is moving left. police are on the scene so hopefully sooner than later they will get it out of the roadway. it's loading up very quickly heading north from boundary channel drive to and across the 14th street bridge. 270, lighter than normal. up here out of frederick, and beyond 270 moving right along. very good pace all the way down the beltway so far. let's check the rails. metro rail, vre and marc all
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reporting no delays. eun, joe, back to you. thanks very much. new today investigators are trying to figure out what cause ad two alarm fire in a home in potomac, maryland. 70 firefighters spent 20 minutes controlling the fire. it started in a garage and spread to the rest of the house. the family who lives there managed to get out safely. allegations of hi-tech hacking at a high school in montgomery county. several students suspected of somehow fining their way into the school's computer system. derrick ward is here now with more on this story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. >> reporter: we've all been taught that the way to academic success is to buckle down, crack the books and stew did you without several students at winston churchill high school is being accused of taking a shortcut. computer hacking brought grades
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up. somebody changed grades. half a dozen students may have been involved and montgomery school system offials say they are taking the allegations very seriously. they came to the attention of a churchill teacher who brought it to the attention of the school administration. parents says it says a lot about academic pressure. >> i don't know exactly where it's coming from. we're hearing the numbers. worrying about colleges. but i can't think of any parent or any educator and i'm an educator myself who would put that kind of pressure on a kid. >> church hill is a school known for its high level academic achievement. if the allegations are true the consequences could be luck very serious for those involved. eun? derrick ward, thank you. hacking allegations come just as a report cards were about to be mailed home. get ready to pay more on metro. the transit agency will raise fares on all rail and bus rides
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in march. riders have to pay an additional 10 cents as metro tries to close a $40 million budget gap. riders prepare the fare hike to the alternative which is a cut in services. this may be an increase of just a dime but metro general manager says other hikes are possible in the not too distant future. >> do the math yourself. >> fare hike goes in effect on march 1st. >> more bad news for metro riders. crime is on the increase. metro transit police said more than 1700 major crimes were reported between last january and november. that is 200 more than in the same period one year earlier. there were 805 robberies in 2009, up from 538 in 2008. there was one homicide and one rape on the system last year. there were no homicides or rapes the previous year.
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metro is also making changes to keeps its workers safe in wake of this week's accident that killed two workers in rockville. the safety officer said several policies are in the work include agnew section of the employee handbook that details the right-of-way clearance for track workers. he also said officials are looking at proposals for technology that would alert operators when workers are present. avoiding the toll could end up costing some sneaky drivers who travel the dulles toll road. the washington metropolitan area transit authority want to install cameras to catch drivers who avoid paying. some drivers bypassed the toll by using a gas station on the dulles access road or going out to dulles airport on the access road and coming back. the airport's authority is asking virginia lawmakers to allow the installation of cameras and vehicle scanners to catch those who avoid payment. last year a police officer patrolling the road handed out some 1,200 tickets for so-called
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back tracking. a former prince george's county police officer will not have to pay damages after shooting two furniture delivery men at his home. keith washington is serving a 45 year prison sentence for killing brandon clark and wounding robin white. the victims families filed a civil case against washington but a judge has thrown out the case saying there was not enough evidence. out of this world trouble for at that local doctor's office. the fight over a meteorite this morning. the emotional return for a fairfax search and rescue urban team. >> a radio legend getting ready
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6:39 is our time. 21 minutes until 7:00. 20 degrees cold here in the nation's capital and "the today show" is next at the top of the hour. let's go live to meredith vieira right now in new york to see what they are working on. good morning. good morning to you, joe. coming up on this friday morning on "the today show" a massive
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winter storm takes aim at the east coast after pounding the midwest with heavy snow and ice. al tells us what's in store for today and the weekend. we'll talk exclusively to the parents of morgan harrington the college student whose body has been found three months after she disappeared from a concert. also ahead why your neighbor's decision to walk away from their mortgage could devalue your home. and using youtube to make thousands of dollars a month. we'll tell you how to do it. that's when we get started on a friday morning right here on "the today show." >> i have to watch that. thanks very much. have a great day and a great weekend. >> you too. >> it's now just about 6:41 and that means time for traffic and weather together on the 1s. let's check in with tom kierein in the storm center to g the latest. >> good morning. the temperatures have plummeted overnight. we were in the 50s yesterday, now just in the teens to near 20 degrees from capitol hill to ft.
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washington, mclean and germantown. winds gusting 20 to 25 miles per hour. so wind chills are in the single digits. layer up on this frigid friday morning. we'll have this blustery wind with us through much of the day but wilt settle down tonight and before that highs only reaching near the freezing mark. tomorrow cloudy, snow likely. highs in the mid-20s. then sunny on sunday into monday. milder by monday afternoon near 40. this is the snow accumulation total i expect from this storm from 6:00 a.m. saturday to 6:00 p.m. saturday. two to four inches in a band across northern virginia, the district of columbia and our eastern subus across the bay to the eastern shore. more further south for southern maryland the northern neck. fredericksburg over to charlottesville, four to six inches and further north for montgomery, loudoun, howard counties and points north, panhandle of west virginia just a dusting to about an inch. now, jerry, how is the traffic? >> chopper 4 has moved on down to springfield to give us a live
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view of the i-95 corridor. i-95 and 395 looking good. remnants of southbound i-95 in woodbridge tying up the far right side of the roadway. d.c. end of the 14th street bridge tying up the right side of the roadway, three lanes to the left. police are on the scene there. if you're traveling we're dealing with clear dry road surfaces this morning, no weather concerns at this point. little good news. eun d joe, back to you. how president obama plans to reach out to republican leaders while in maryland today. the big sendoff for a giant panda, how you can say good-bye to tai shan with a big bash this weekend. it is the end of an era, a popular radio personality signs off today. we'll go there live.
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we've been listening to him for three decades but today donnie simpson is signing off the radio. he's parting ways with wpgc. tracee wilkins joins us now live from the studios with simpson's last show is in progress.
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good morning. >> reporter: good morning. you know, we were talking about this earlier. it's a celebration in here but also so sad, donnie simpson is leaving the air waves at least temporarily. that's what you've been saying all morning. >> i'm not sad. >> reporter: how can i be with you and be sad. >> oh, you know, i was saying how donnie is part of the reason i got into communications and so many other people. my sister listened to you. i listened to you. >> that's great. we had two or three generations. >> reporter: right. >> great run. >> reporter: what is the plan? >> you know, i don't know right now. i'm looking at a number of things. all i can say is if you want to stay in contact with me it's
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donniea donnieonair@gmail.com. >> reporter: you are an institution. you hear people say that. i keep hearing you say it's amazing to hear, i had no idea people thought this. >> it is amazing. this morning i was riding in, i was thinking of a song, elton john's "rocket man" and in the last verse he says "in all this science i don't understand, just my job five days a week." i'm a rocket man. this astronaut or, you know, this celebrity, and it's just -- you know, it's just what you do. i don't know. why all of this attention and stuff i don't understand it. just weird. but then -- i hear pioneer. icon. institution. i'm getting older by the minute. >> reporter: and better and better. >> tnk you. >> reporter: thank you so much. people will be calling in all morning long. people extending their fare wells and good-byes and saying
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all the things they want to donnie about how much he's touched their lives. we're going miss him at least temporarily. back to you all. >> i don't know whether he is an icon or an institution but he's certainly one tremendous class act and it's bean privilege listening to him and having him in our commune for all these years. whatever theext incarnation is -- i don't know what's going on there. >> reporter: you know how donnie loves prince. he's losing it. >> all right. okay. thanks. eun, back to you. the fairfax search and rescue team is back home. the team was deployed to haiti right after the quake hit and they made the very first rescue there. they arrived at dulles airport yesterday afternoon. family and friends welcomed back the 114 member team. they were deployed to haiti for 15 days with 70 tons of equipment and supplies.
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>> a lot of people won't see their families. >> we learned a lot. saw some things. glad to be home. >> counselors will be available for team members. they say conditions were there worse than they could ever imagine. back in haiti port-au-prince is still filled with people who are desperate for food. this is the scene in a haitian capital while workers tried to distribute aid. workers tried to handout food in an organized manner but a stampede broke out as people fought out over the bags of food. the world food program said it delivered about 3.6 million food rations but food remains scarce for many quake survivors. right now former british prime minister defends his decision to join the u.s.-led invasion of iraq. his testimony is part of the iraq inquiry a government
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investigation in britain in the 2003 invasion. justice department officials are denying a "new york daily news" report that says the white house has ordered the department to consider other places than new york to try the 9/11 detainees. a senior justice official does say the department officials have told the white house they would look at other possibilities. also another official said that mayor michael bloomberg asked attorney general erik holder over the telephone to consider other locations as well. today president obama will be in baltimore carrying his new tax plan for small businesses. >> reporter: good morning. president obama will formally announce today one of those job initiatives he mentioned on wednesday night. he's promoting a $33 billion tax credit f small businesses. it works out to $5,000 for each
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new job created. employers can increase wages and hours for social security payroll taxes. senate democrats are expected to roll out their new jobs package next week. speaking of congress it's taking the wheel investigating toyota's recall of millions of vehicles floor mats holding down gas pedals. there will be a hearing february 25th. is is the first congressional review of its kinds since the same panel investigated defective firestone tires linked to deadly rollovers of ford suvs in 2001. and amazon isn't too worried about the new kid on the block. the online retailer believes consumers still want a dedicated device that does one thing and does it well. they say they are selling
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kindles to every book. >> something about feeling of a book in your hand. have a great weekend. >> today jet blue customers could be in for some headaches. the airline is taking its booking system off line at noon so it can install a new system. part of the old system will still work at the airports so customers can check in there and board but should be prepared for longer lines. the new system should be up sometime between 8:00 tomorrow morning and noon. the space rock came crashing through a doctor's office roof and lawyers are getting involve. there's a fight who owns that meteorite that landed in lorton. no one was injured when it came into the williamsburg family practice. the doctors donated the rock to the smithsonian museum of natural history. the landlords of the doctor's office are saying not so fast. they've hired a lawyer saying
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the meteorite belongs to them. >> you are invited to a panda party at the national zoo but the celebration will be a little bit bittersweet. that's because it's a farewell the party for tai shan who is moving to china next week. he's been on loan from china. tomorrow's sendoff is from 11:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. a special cake will be there for panda. you can make a good-bye card for him as well. >> a lot of fun. let's get a check on our weather, see how much fun that will be over the weekend. >> maybe snow for his party. >> dress like tai shan. we got much colder air that's moved in. temperatures have done a swan dive in the deep freeze. there's the sunrise over washington. 20 degrees at reagan national. here are some scenes in virginia, where, yes, folks are burnedled up and dressing accordingly. layer up on this frigid friday
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moaning. mid-to-upper teens in montgomery, arlington and fairfax counties, prince george's county upper teens. and it's just near 20 in southern maryland near the bay, mid-teens around the blue ridge and shenandoah valley. feels like only 7 degrees in washington. wind chills, single digits around the region, cold cutting wind will be with us all the way into the afternoon house. clouds coming in and a few flurries in richmond over to the southern shenandoah valley this morning. we do have winter storm warnings out for southern virginia and northern north carolina. these people are going to be feeling the big effects of this storm, the heavier snow will be here, there's a narrowband of lighter snow here. winter storm watch for st. mary's county, lower eastern shore shore and charlottesville. all this coming from a storm system that's been marching across the country, one of those pacific storms that hit california a few days ago. the leading edge of the snow is in indiana and south of
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kentucky. it's marching due east. heavier snow will pass to the south of washington. breezy and cold with highs near freezing. clouding up tonight. down to near 20 tomorrow morning. snow developing during the day tomorrow and ending by the evening with highs in the mid-20s. sun back on sunday and monday. highsear freezing near 40 on monday. storm on saturday 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., leaf two to four inches across virgia and district and eastern shore and less further north more further south. how is the traffic? >> chopper 4 is looking at traffic along the 95 corridor up to 395 and the beltway moving along very nicely. good news there. elsewhere trip into dntown clogged up the earlier accident inbound on the 14th street bridge had been tying up the right lane. authorities moved the accident but police are finishing up their paper work. through lanes get by to the left. the drive in on the dulles toll road out at route 28, the
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greenway very light volume of traffic. lighter than normal. out on the rails doing okay. metro rail, vre and marc, no delays. eun? a heads up if you take metro to school or work be prepared to start bringing more cash when you head out the door. metro is raising fares on all bus and rail rides. megan mcgrath is outside of the west falls church with more on what to expect. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. metro had a $40 million budget short fall and they had a couple of options to close that gap. now after a lot of input from riders, though, riders were saying they did not want to see cuts in service, metro decided to go with a fare increase instead so service is going to remain the same. no cuts. but taking that ride is going to cost 10 cents more, at least for a little while. ten cent surcharge on all metro rail, bus and metro access. it will begin in march and continue through june 30th to
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close that budget gap. that's not the end. another budget gap for the next fiscal year. breaking news right now. al jazeera has just aired a news message purportedly from osama bin laden. authorities have not confirm that the audiotape is, in fact, authentic. however the message does blame america and other industrialized countries for global warming. it says climate change could be stopped by bringing the wheels of the american economy to a halt. and the tape calls for a boycott of american goods and the u.s. dollar. out the door forecast now with tom. >> we were in the 50s yesterday afternoon now just in the teens to near 20s. single digits. frigid friday morning underway. partly cloudy. highs near freezing. norm snow likely. sun returns sunday into monday up near 40 by monday afternoon.
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storm system coming through tomorrow 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. leaving total amounts of two to four inches around washington. how the traffic? >> e95 northbound and southboun doing fine. >> that's "news4 today." thanks for starting your friday with us. >> have a great weekend see you monday morning. >> bye.
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